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 Loan Repayment Programs


General and pediatric dentists and dental hygienists working in underserved areas can apply for repayment of school loans for their professional training.  There are several sources of funds available for loan repayment.  

In July 2003, the Ohio General Assembly passed a law creating the Ohio Dentist Loan Repayment Program (ODLRP); a similar law was passed in December 2014 creating the Ohio Dental Hygienist Loan Repayment Program (ODHLRP).  The intent of these laws is to encourage dentists and dental hygienists to practice in underserved areas of Ohio by providing loan repayment to them in exchange for practicing in those areas.

Click on Loan Repayment Legislation to learn more about the laws creating the ODLRP and ODHLRP.

Click on Eligibility and Requirements to learn details about who can apply, criteria for scoring applications and service requirements.

Click on How to Apply for Loan Repayment Programs in Ohio to access forms and guidelines for applying.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) can assist dentists and dental hygienists to identify practice sites that qualify for loan repayment.  For more information about the program, see the ODLRP Fact Sheet.  

The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program is a federal program.  It provides financial support for dentists and dental hygienists who practice in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas and wish to remain in those areas beyond their service commitment.  Click on NHSC Loan Repayment Program to learn more.

The key features of each source of funds are outlined in the Comparison of Loan Repayment Programs table.

Last Updated: 2/16/17